De Grasse storms to victory in 200m

  • De Grasse storms to victory in 200m

De Grasse storms to victory in 200m

In a race billed as the battle of the Olympic champions, 400m medalist in Rio de Janeiro past year Shaunae Miller-Uibo once again showed why she is the athlete to beat in the single lap event, running a blistering time of 49.80s, more than a second ahead of Americans Natasha Hastings (50.86) and Quenera Hayes (51.08). "This was a race to tune-up for the world championships and it went pretty well".

The world championships in London run from August 4 to August 13.

Ivorian Ben Youssef Meite was second in 10.01, while another Britain, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, was some way off the pace in third in a time of 10.18.

"I was pushed in the bend but I wanted to finish strong today and to stay relaxed".

Ujah also won the 100m at the Rome and London meetings this year.

"I hope I can do something very special in London", ventured Ujah ahead of his clash with Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt next month. "The best athlete will win that race but I believe I have regained, so let them be prepared for surprises", Diamond Trophy holder Ferguson Rotich told The Standard Sports.

Taking a measured approach to the sprint distance, Semenya was soon left behind, with Olympic champion Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas racing home in 48.80.

His personal best is 9.96, achieved in July 2015. Kenya's Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto did not finish the race. American Jarrion Lawson leapfrogged past the South African with a second-round attempt of 8.33m, with Samaai responding with 8.31m.

The Bahamian runner finished well clear of American pair Natasha Hastings and Quanera Hayes, who clocked 50.86 and 51.08 respectively, with South Africa's world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya finishing seventh in a season's best of 51.53.

"I'm hoping to arrive at the worlds at my top level", said Ibarguen.

In the women's triple jump, Jamaican Kimberly Williams finished second with an effort of 14.31 metres.

Botswana's Nijel Amos, who has recovered from injuries to hit top form in the last month with Diamond League 800m victories in Paris and London, maintained his pre-eminence as he won in 1:43.91 in front of Kenya's Kipyegon Bett, who clocked 1:44.28, and Donovan Brazier of the United States, who clocked 1:44.62. The Diamond League title in each event is determined exclusively by results at the finals.